tech·​ni·​cal·​i·​ty | \ˌtek-nə-ˈka-lə-tē \
plural technicalities

Definition of technicality 

1 : something technical especially : a detail meaningful only to a specialist a legal technicality

2 : the quality or state of being technical

Examples of technicality in a Sentence

These cases were dropped because of legal technicalities.

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But, on a technicality related to the death of the owner's sister, a city court ruled against Lustig, an outcome that quickly became a flashpoint for a renter's rebellion in Berlin. Erik Kirschbaum,, "'Poor but sexy' Berlin now home to soaring rents and rising tensions," 24 Apr. 2018 Legal technicalities have also buoyed Sky shares in recent weeks, but Fox seems to have negotiated these into the background. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "Disney and Comcast Raise the Stakes in the Battle for Fox," 11 July 2018 Login The Court of Criminal Appeals, though, refused to review the motion Tuesday, which was based on a legal technicality. Emilie Eaton, San Antonio Express-News, "As activists gather, court denies request to halt San Antonio man’s execution," 10 July 2018 The conviction was later overturned on a legal technicality. The Economist, "Politics this week," 5 Apr. 2018 Shortly after dealing with a lot of the challenges of the technicality of it and the rules and being on the couch and thrown in all the challenges, got better, fell in love with it, decided to go along there. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Investor and lacrosse player Paul Rabil on Too Embarrassed to Ask," 18 June 2018 City officials had hoped its motion to dismiss the lawsuit, based on a paperwork-filing technicality, would end the legal battle and bring to a conclusion the six-year saga over the future of the long-since shuttered golf course. J. Harry Jones,, "Lawsuit challenging Escondido Country Club project will continue," 11 June 2018 The bill was passed by Parliament last week and officially became law with the granting of assent by Queen Elizabeth II — a technicality, since no monarch has refused to sign a bill since 1707. Jill Lawless,, "Key UK Brexit bill becomes law as car industry warns of harm," 26 June 2018 Williams discusses her wigs with the technicality of a mechanical engineer. Brennan Kilbane, Allure, "Inside Real Housewives of Atlanta Star Porsha Williams's Wig Room," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of technicality

1764, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of technicality

: a small detail in a rule, law, etc., and especially one that forces an unwanted or unexpected result

: something that is understood by experts but usually not by other people


tech·​ni·​cal·​i·​ty | \ˌtek-nə-ˈka-lə-tē \
plural technicalities

Kids Definition of technicality

: something that is understood only by a person with special training a legal technicality

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